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Pawn Stars King of Monday Night TV Ratings

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local pawn shop

The show Pawn Stars on the History Channel continues to be one of the most popular on TV.  This past Monday they won the ratings war again with a 2.4.  The next closest show was WWE’s Raw at 2.0.

I’m sure when the producers of Pawn Stars decided to start filming a local pawn shop they thought it would be successful; but not this successful.  Imagine, a show about a local pawn shop was the highest rated show on TV on Monday!

Pawn Stars shows the nuances of the pawn business.  However, most of the stuff features on Pawn Stars has something to do with “history” as the show is shown on the History Channel.  With each piece a diagram pops up with a few history lessons to teach the audience.  While historic items like this don’t come into my local pawn shop as often as they do on Pawn Stars, you can still get an idea for how a pawn shop is run.

Pawn Stars is an entertaining TV show that helps the image of local pawn shop all around the world.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn

Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison is NPA Pawnbroker of the Year

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Local Pawn Shop

Every year the National Pawnbrokers Association recognizes one pawnbroker as pawnbroker of the year.  This year they selected Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars for his great work at his local pawn shop.

Rick Harrison, along with his dad, opened Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas in 1988 (the same year I was born).  The NPA considers 22 years of business to be “young”.  Ever since the History Channel selected them for the reality show Pawn Stars, their local pawn shop has shown the general public that pawn shops aren’t as seedy as once thought.  They have represented the pawn industry in a good light and all of us pawnbrokers have him to thank.

Not only does Pawn Stars represent pawnbroking positively, but it gives great insight into just how much knowledge a pawnbroker has.  You have to be relatively smart and know a lot about a lot of things to succeed in this business.  Rick Harrison is obviously a smart guy who knows a lot about history.  This in turn helps him evaluate all the weird things that come in to his shop.

In my opinion Rick Harrison not only deserves to win NPA Pawnbroker of the year but he deserves to win a lifetime achievement award.  No one person has done so much for the pawn industry as Rick.  Local pawn shop all over the country have seen an increase in business because people are not afraid to go to them anymore.  They understand how pawn shops help people and are a great place to shop for things at a huge discount.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn